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Noida in Bhiwandi? 43 kids missing
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, January 6
Even as the probe into the sensational killings of children at Noida has hinted at rape, pedophilia and cannibalism there is panic in the textile town of Bhiwandi near here as 43 children have gone missing in the past year.

Following television reports over the past few days about the incidents at Noida, panic-stricken parents of the missing children approached Deputy Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shengaonkar of Bhiwandi and sought his help. The parents complained that the local police stations were of little help to them when they sought to report their missing children.

The parents told Shengaonkar that photographs of the missing children were also provided to the police stations, but little help came from the officials. In several cases, the parents had cited close acquaintances as suspects.

Today, Shengaonkar ordered the setting up of special investigative teams comprising police officers drawn from all police stations of Bhiwandi to track down the missing children. Most of the children hailed from poor families who eked out a living in this powerloom town.

The investigators have been given time till January 13 to find the missing children.

Shengaonkar said he was forced to set up the special investigation teams when the total number of missing children added up to 43. “Initially we thought a few kids could have gone missing from different parts of the town, but the total number of 43 is quite shocking,” Mr Shengaonkar told this reporter.

Each team comprises one Assistant Sub-Inspector, one Head Constable and two Constables. Every police station in the town has been asked to set up a team to trace missing children from its jurisdiction.

The police says, a large number of people in the town are migrants from different parts of the country and children usually try to return to their hometowns.

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